Orthodontic treatment has a number of purposes that go beyond aesthetics.
Orthodontic treatment ensures proper function of teeth for basic daily activities such as biting, chewing and speaking, as well as easier oral hygiene care, reduced wear and tear on the teeth, improved long-term jaw health and reduced risk of dental trauma.
What does an orthodontist treat?
Today’s orthodontist repairs so much more than just crooked teeth. Orthodontics are routinely used to address conditions such as:
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of mouth
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Speech difficulty
Who is orthodontics right for?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. Some orthodontic problems develop at an early age and should be addressed sooner to prevent more serious problems.
Orthodontics at Guthrie
Guthrie Orthodontics takes a modern approach to straightening and repairing teeth. We offer aesthetic treatment options, including Invisalign and clear braces, as well as treatment options for shorter times.
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Q: Why see an orthodontic specialist?
A: They are dental professionals with the skills and experience to best treat orthodontic problems. An orthodontist first goes to dental school to become a dentist, and then receives an additional 2-3 years of orthodontic training in residency. Aligning teeth to function properly and look great is what an orthodontist is trained to do.
Q: What causes orthodontic problems?
A: Most problems, such as crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth and some jaw growth problems, are inherited. Others can be a result of thumb or finger sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby teeth or other causes.
Q: When should children get their first check-up?
A: The best time for treatment is when an orthodontic problem arises, but as a general rule, age 7 is an ideal time to get an evaluation. There is usually an optimal time in a child’s life to achieve the best results, so an early consultation with an orthodontic specialist is recommended.
Q: Why is orthodontic treatment important?
A: Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function and create healthy, beautiful smiles. Teeth that aren’t aligned are harder to clean and maintain and can cause abnormal wear of tooth enamel. This can lead to extensive potentially expensive dental procedures.
Q: What is the cost?
A: Orthodontic specialists customize both treatments and fees. After a free face-to-face consultation, you can determine what type of treatment, appliances and results might work best for you. A flexible payment plan, which can include dental insurance, FSAs and HSAs, may be used to construct an affordable plan.
Q: How long does treatment take?
A: It depends on the complexity of the case as well as the intended goals and objectives. A short-term touch up can take as little as several months, while comprehensive treatment could last several years. Our team will work with you to address any concerns you have regarding treatment time, and find the best option to meet your needs.
Q: Will treatment fit my child’s lifestyle?
A: Certainly. Your child can still sing, play an instrument, dine out, play most sports and do almost anything. Some temporary adjustments may be necessary, but most patients adapt quickly.
Q: How often are check-ups?
A: It will depend on the treatment recommendation, but the average is only once every six weeks during active treatment.
Q: Does gum disease impact orthodontic treatment?
A: It is imperative to have a periodontal (gum) check up with either a periodontist or your general dentist to make sure your child’s mouth is a good candidate for treatment. If necessary, our team can help you coordinate treatment for gum disease or any other underlying periodontal issues.
Q: Is there discomfort involved?
A: Treatment is more comfortable than ever, thanks to new techniques and appliances. Discomfort, if any, is short-lived and can be managed with over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen.
Q: Are there less noticeable appliances?
A: Many of today's orthodontic treatments prioritize aesthetics. Invisalign and clear braces are both excellent aesthetic options offered by our team.
Q: What is my role?
A: You are a partner in the process and play an integral part in your own treatment. Keeping appointments, maintaining good oral hygiene, and following care instructions will ensure efficient treatment and optimal results.